J.J. McCarthy explains why he gives NIL money to those in need

If you have followed J.J. McCarthy since he came to the University of Michigan, you have likely heard about his support for children's hospitals across the country. Back in 2021, McCarthy started giving a portion of his NIL (Name Image Likeness) money to children's hospitals, and other funds to support those in need. Included in his donations, which have reached $30,000, was $3,000 to families of Oxford High School and the Oxford school fund for those who were (and still are) affected by the shooting tragedy that killed four students. (Click here to read more about the donations that McCarthy has made)

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What did J.J. McCarthy say about giving back?

On Tuesday, McCarthy was in Phoenix as the Michigan football team makes their final preparations for Saturday's College Football Playoff semifinal matchup against TCU.

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While talking to reporters, McCarthy was asked about giving back via his NIL money.

Um, for me, I just have such an amazing opportunity,” McCarthy told reporters. “And I’m so blessed to be in the position I am in and just being able to give back and kind of pay forward to the next generation, be able to show them just someone making a positive change in this world is my kind of internal drive and be able to make this world a better place at the end of the day.

J.J. McCarthy is a heck of a football player, but what he does to make the world a better place is even more impressive.


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